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Seriously? It’s only week 2 of my no spend month?

Submitted by on Monday, 16 January 2012 Loading Add to favourites  4 Comments

woman-yogaI’m on week 2 of my ‘no spend’ month and I have to confess it’s been tough.

I went into Lidls and honest to Goddess, they had two things I absolutely have wanted for about 6 months!

A yoga mat and some non slip socks.

Now I’m not as disciplined with yoga as I should be but the fact I can’t really do some of the positions without my feet slipping, unless I wear trainers (we have wooden floors), seems to be a handy excuse for not doing my practise.

But on the other hand, if I was disciplined and committed; I’d just pop my trainers on and get on with it, right? Where there’s a will and all that…

I can’t begin to tell you the weird conversations that were going on in my head – it was like having the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other.

I talked myself round and round and then remembered that I’d got hold of some exercise equipment from Freecycle and I don’t actually use them very often. I’ve even got an electric bike that I won’t embarrass myself by admitting how often I use it.

So I left the yoga mat and the non-slip socks in the store.

I felt good about myself but a bit deflated too. I think I’m more materialistic than I realised. There must be something about coming home with something new that I secretly like. I feel a bit shallow writing that, but it’s been a great opportunity to learn a bit more about myself.

In the end this week I spent £23 on food; which sounds quite a lot now I’ve written it. It was organic vegetables, a couple of pots of yoghurt and a couple of loaves of sprouted wheat bread. The latter a NEED? Probably not but I do prioritise good food as part of our natural, holistic lifestyle. I avoided the charity shops in town because I figure that it’s not until you see something you *really* want it; it’s simple but effective psychology. I’ve cancelled email subscriptions to my favourite online clothing shops, especially as now is the time of 70% off sales. Yep, it’s all coming out now; I’m a bit of a clothes and shoes lover…

I topped up the car with fuel (£55) and paid for Little Miss Green’s kickboxing, which I’ve decided to put on the ‘necessity’ list; I believe it’s a valuable skill for life and I feel better knowing she can take care of herself should she ever be unfortunate enough to run into trouble.

Then there was another £45 because we’ve just adopted three chickens! However, the run and coop were made for zero expense because Mr Green reclaimed all the wood and nails from the garage. Plus our neighbour donated a role of chicken wire and the roofing. How neat is that! All I had to buy was the chooks, organic feed, grit, oyster shell and a drinking bottle.’ [email protected] going to learn to make my own food over the next few weeks as I don’t really want to be sucked into thinking I have to buy a ready-made mix.

Life seems really expensive when you start writing things down. I’ve spent over £100 this week and really have little to show for it.

What about you – how did you budget this week?


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  • necessities have become so expensive that anything else now seems luxurious by comparison.
    first of all, exercising equipment does not guarantee exercising..and so your well weighted decision was beautiful.

    second, little miss green’s kick-boxing class is an empowering tool of great value, physically and psychologically, so the expense was indeed essential.

    as for chicks, yeah! the green zoo enlarges..the backyard worms and birds needed company…i had healthy hens and never bought ready mixed feed…i treated them as my personal composting slaves, beloved as they were..all scraps, peelings, seeds etc, including bones and fat, especially for winter feathers etc, all neighbor’s leftovers and garden weeds and tough foliage, twigs and sand or gravel from creeks went into the coop, never to be seen again except as well seasoned composting material ready to dress needy plants.

    i must mention that people do throw away huge amounts of holiday decor, such as squashes and pumpkins and easter eggs or birthday cakes for well spaced dates and keep me is deer season over-abundance… and i am busy butchering the gifted bundles which few appreciate. chickens need some meat proteins and i return the favor by feeding the neighbor’s chicks now.

  • 55 quid to fill the car?! I didn’t drive when I lived in the UK, but I knew that petrol was significantly more than it was here, but I’m still in sticker shock. I just spent $40 to fill my roomy 13 gallon tank car.

    I’m not strictly on the no-spend challenge, but I do think my only other expenditure this week was a $12 piece of handbuilt pottery I found in a gallery up in Sonoma. It’s perfect for a friend, and I can’t feel that bad supporting a local potter. You’re completely right about not going in shops unless I need something — there’s so little that I need that anything I buy is going to be something that I want!

  • I think you are doing great! I might have walked out of the store with the mat and socks!!

  • Mrs Green says:

    @nadine sellers: Thanks so much for sharing the stories of your hens; I’m comforted by that and will no doubt be experimenting as my confidence grows.

    @Jennifer @noteasy2begreen: Hi Jen, well my tank is around 16 gallons and it’s £95 to fill it. £55 was a mere top up from just under half full! I agree with the lovely handmade gift; that’s money well spent.

    @[email protected] eco friendly homemaking: 😀 thanks Alicia!